This Old Canoe: How To Restore Your Wood-Canvas Canoe is a step-by-step guide through the process of transforming an old, forgotten canoe into a cherished, classic heirloom. Where other DIY canoe books concentrate mostly, if not entirely, on building wooden canoes, Mike Elliott focuses solely on the challenges faced by the canoe restorer.
This Old Canoe provides information and techniques useful to anyone wanting to know about these old wooden masterpieces. Besides people wishing to restore, anyone building a cedar-epoxy “stripper” using lines taken from vintage models will be able to fit out their new canoe with exact replica components (such as decks, seats, thwarts) found in the original.
This Old Canoe is the only resource available with specific information about some of the classic old canoes. This includes:
- paint formulations for iconic Chestnut and Peterborough canoe canvas colours
- plans for the Chestnut canoe portage yoke
- component specifications for Maine Guide canoes
- component specifications for Chestnut and Peterborough canoes
- component specifications for Tremblay canoes
- component specifications for “Huron” canoes
- how to lace rawhide “babiche” seats
- how to weave natural cane “rattan” seats
- how to steam-bend wood
Besides all of the technical information, Mike includes a number of stories about old wooden canoes, their people and the restorations that brought them back together again. These stories help put a human face on the process of canoe restoration and gives you hope that almost any canoe is repairable when you follow the directions in the book.
- 8.5″ x 11″ paperback
- 192 pages
- more than 300 photographs
- more than 70 plans and illustrations
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